Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - News -

NEWDELHI: The wa­ter level in the Ya­muna rose close to the warn­ing level on Mon­day, af­ter Haryana re­leased nearly 30,000 cusecs of wa­ter into the Hath­nikund bar­rage in five stages start­ing mid­night, flood con­trol of­fi­cials said.

The wa­ter level recorded at Delhi’s Old Rail­way Bridge was 204.38 me­tres, flow­ing close to the warn­ing level of 204.50 me­tres. This was af­ter 5,883 cusecs wa­ter was re­leased from Haryana’s Hathinikun­d bar­rage at 8am, said of­fi­cials of the Delhi gov­ern­ment’s Ir­ri­ga­tion and Flood Con­trol (I&FC) depart­ment. By 4pm, the wa­ter level had re­ceded slightly and was at 204.30 me­tres. The I&FC of­fi­cials said the wa­ter level has not risen beyond 204.38 me­tres since 8am and, un­less Haryana re­leases a high vol­ume of wa­ter, the level is likely to re­main be­low the warn­ing mark.

IMD has fore­cast heavy rains in north­west In­dia on Au­gust 26 and 27.

Al­though the re­lease of wa­ter into the bar­rage ev­ery four hours is a reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, dur­ing mon­soon, the vol­ume is ex­po­nen­tially higher.

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